It has been a year of ups and downs for former Indian pacer S Sreesanth. The ace Indian speedster made a comeback in cricket after 7 years with Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. And on the other hand, 38-year-old Sreesanth miss out on the final shortlist in the IPL auction. S Sreesanth last featured in the IPL back in 2013 for Rajasthan Royals before he was banned from the tournament after being accused of match-fixing. The 2021 IPL auction is scheduled to take place in Chennai on February 18.
IPL 2021: Sreesanth miss out on final shortlisted in IPL’s auction
The 2011 World Cup-winning speedster registered himself for a base price of INR 75 lakhs. A total of 1114 cricketers went under the hammer in the previous auction, however, the number has been cut-short to 292 players this season, out of which 164 are Indians.
No IPL franchise displayed an interest in Sreesanth this season. Having said that, being dropped out of this year’s IPL auction hasn’t affected Sreesanth so much. The 38-year-old ace bowler uploaded a 3-minute Instagram video after the news came out. Sreesanth, in the following video, can be heard saying that he grateful for his fans and he is optimistic about making a comeback in the IPL in the coming season.
Fans want to see Sreesanth in IPL 2021
While Sreesanth positively took the news, his fans were seemingly furious with the BCCI for dropping the pacer from the auction bucket. Fans flooded social media with the hashtag #Sreesanth. Have a look:
Was expecting Sreesanth but . 😭😭😭 Disappointed #Sreesanth
— TEAM ABHINAV SHUKLA (@TeamAbhinav272) February 12, 2021
— Amit Jogalekar AJ (@Be_Happy_AJ) February 12, 2021
No franchise showed any interest in Sreesanth. Is BCCI still trying to stop him from making a comeback. I can’t believe that no one showed interest in @sreesanth36. That too at a time when many teams need Indian pacers. #IPLAuction2021 #NotFair #Sreesanth
— Nikhil Dhawan (@NikhilND95) February 12, 2021
Why so much discrimination & injustice????🤧😓@sreesanth36
— Manisha RKVian❤️(Sidheart) (@ImManishaMenon) February 12, 2021